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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Ten of Hong Kong 12 to appear in Yantian court on Monday  Listenfacebook
The families of the 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, held in Shenzhen since allegedly trying to flee by speedboat to Taiwan in August, have urged foreign governments to send embassy personnel to attend their hearing at the Yantian People’s Court on Monday. They made the appeal in an open letter, as Jimmy Choi reports:
‘No indication’ mainland court will take over Jimmy Lai case   Listenfacebook
The People's Daily has criticised the High Court for granting Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai bail. The Communist Party's newspaper claimed this had 'severely' hurt Hong Kong's rule of law and questioned whether mainland courts should take over Lai's case. The article described the media tycoon as an "extremely dangerous" person, saying it is "beyond imagination” that he was released on bail. University of Hong Kong Constitutional law expert, Professor Simon Young, gave Mike Weeks his thoughts on the People’s Daily report:
Yu Wensheng’s conviction upheld   Listenfacebook
A court in Jiangsu province has refused to deal with the appeal application of prominent human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, saying there's nothing wrong with the lower court's ruling. Jimmy Choi reports:
Testing order issued for visitors to UCH wards  Listenfacebook
Anyone who visited two wards at United Christian Hospital between December 15 and 27 have been ordered to get a Covid-19 test. This comes as an outbreak linked to an elderly patient at the hospital's palliative and intensive care units grows. Candice Wong has the details:
Government urged to consider stricter control on flights   Listenfacebook
A ban on non-resident foreign nationals entering Japan began on Monday. It came after Tokyo confirmed the first domestically transmitted case of a new more contagious variant of coronavirus and closed its borders to travellers from the UK. Regular passenger flights between China and Britain were suspended at midnight on Sunday until at least January 10. Hong Kong stopped flights from the UK last week. But infectious disease specialist Joseph Tsang has urged the government to keep its travel restrictions promptly updated to try to prevent new strains of Covid-19 from coming into the SAR. Tsang says new strains of the virus recently found in the UK and South Africa have already spread to many other parts of the world, while other variants are cropping up elsewhere. He spoke to Jimmy Choi:
2020: a Covid-hit year   Listenfacebook
It would not be an exaggeration to say the coronavirus pandemic is a nightmare for humankind. What’s worse is it's a recurring nightmare that's now dragged on for a year. In that time, Hong Kong has been hit by four waves of infections, thousands have fallen ill, and more than 130 have died. Lives have been turned upside down and businesses seriously disrupted. Wendy Wong looks back at the ups and downs for the city in this Covid-hit year:
Americans set to suffer as Trump refuses to sign relief bill   Listenfacebook
The US government is headed for a chaotic end to the year as President Trump’s refusal to approve a US$2.3 trillion relief package causes millions of jobless Americans to lose benefits and threatens to shut down federal agencies. After months of wrangling, Republicans and Democrats agreed to the package last weekend with the support of the White House. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, about the impact of Trump’s move:
Lantau Link tolls waived as Tuen Mun tunnel opens   Listenfacebook
A new tunnel linking Tuen Mun to Chek Lap Kok opened on Sunday, cutting journey times from the northwest New Territories to the airport by around 20 minutes. As Priscilla Ng reports, tolls for the Lantau Link have also been discarded to encourage traffic to use the expressway now linking Kowloon and Tuen Mun:
Ant Group told to return to its roots  Listenfacebook
Mainland financial authorities have ordered Ant Group, the financial arm of Jack Ma's online powerhouse, Alibaba, to return to its roots. It's seen as part of a wider move to curb the growing power of China's technology empires which now have increasing influence over almost every aspect of daily life. Sean Kennedy has more: